Ballard Farmers Market will offer valet bike parking Sunday

Ballard's bike parking shortage is so severe, some have gone to drastic measures to find a spot. 2011 photo by Anne-Marije Rook

Ballard’s bike parking shortage is so severe, some have gone to drastic measures to find a spot. 2011 photo by Anne-Marije Rook

Here’s very welcome news to anyone who has found themselves improvising a bike parking spot in the Ballard commercial core: Cascade Bicycle Club will host valet bike parking at the Ballard Farmers Market Sunday (but you still need to bring a lock). From the market:

Did you hear the rumor yet? Ballard Farmers Market will be setting up a valet bicycle parking rack, in partnership with the esteemed Cascade Bicycle Club. We’ll be setting it up starting at 10 am. Ride your bike to the best farmers market on Sunday.

It’s hard to park a car near the market, sure. But it doesn’t need to be so hard to park a bike. Solving car parking supply problems is impossible. Solving bike parking supply problems simply requires a bike corral every block or two.

The Farmers Markets have been doing a lot of awesome stuff to encourage people to bike. Remember to buy a Bicycle Benefits sticker so you can get your $2 in market bucks.

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3 Responses to Ballard Farmers Market will offer valet bike parking Sunday

  1. Kirk says:

    To clarify, it won’t be valet service, it will be self service. There will be two ten foot event racks set up for people to hang their bike on, but people will need to bring their own lock to lock to the rack. The racks will be setup a little after 10:00 a.m. The racks will be located somewhere at Bergen Place Park this week. There will also be Missing Link postcards for anyone who wants to sign one. The racks will be dismantled at 3:00 p.m., so please pick up your bike by then.

  2. Kingsley says:

    This sounds like a nice start. Given that bike parking is a perpetual problem in this area it sure would be nice to have a more permanent solution.

  3. Oscar p says:

    Parking a car at the market is easy. There are two garages right there. Hotel and retirement place.

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